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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Aug 26, 2011 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best Crazy Fingers

I'm a real snob when it comes to Crazy Fingers--one of my top 10 favorite tunes. I pretty much dismiss any version post-1976, which gets me in trouble with the 80's crowd (which, btw, is when I saw the lion's share of shows), but I just find the post-'76 versions very sloppy in execution and Jerry's vocals often brutal.

So: Agree that "One From the Vault" 8/13/75 is probably the best live version you'll find...the June run of shows in '76 contain some fine CF's, but my favorite version from that year is probably 12/31/76 on the "Live at the Cow Palace" New Year's release. Beautifully played--Donna sounds nice w/Jerry...lots of intricate and lovely jamming as well.

Oh, and it's hard to beat the Blues fo Allah album version--maybe the best-performed studio Dead song ever.